Frogs & Toads


Frogs and toads are some of the most familiar and widely loved creatures of the Appalachian Range. Capable of inhabiting an amazing variety of wetland and forest habitats, the stout bodied amphibians are strong hoppers and voracious predators of arthropods and other invertebrates. The region contains many species, and like other amphibians and reptiles, they occupy crucial roles in local ecosystems. They add personality and an easily recognized interest to riversides, pond perimeters, and just about any cover object on the forest floor.

Northern Cricket Frog, Maple Flat Ponds, George Washington National Forest, Virginia (June 8, 2015)

Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor) - male, photographed during spring breeding event